The UN human rights agency called for some nations to loosen strict laws against abortion and USA health authorities recommended men who have visited areas with the Zika virus use condoms if they have with pregnant women.
On Friday, the CDC released its interim guidelines in response to a Tuesday report of a case of Zika being transmitted by ual contact in Dallas County, Texas.
Florida Governor Rick Scott asked the CDC this week to provide the state with at least 1,000 Zika antibody tests for people who have traveled to Zika-affected areas.
Although ual transmission of Zika virus is possible, mosquito bites remain the primary way it is transmitted, the CDC said.
This advice comes days after a woman in Dallas contracted the Zika virus through ual transmission.
Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said: “Disinsection is a highly precautionary measure to reduce the risk to passengers during flights to the UK. If you are trying to get pregnant, you may consider testing in discussion with your health care provider”, the new CDC advisory stated.
“I wish we knew more about Zika today”. If he is showing symptoms, Public Health England says, his partner should avoid pregnancy for six months after his recovery. In Brazil, hit hard by the mosquito-borne virus, thousands of babies have been born with abnormally small heads, and in some cases brain damage.
Commenting on the transmission of the Zika virus, several health officials said that the virus could be present in non-transmissible form or in such low amounts that could make transmission unlikely.
“Because there now is no vaccine or treatment for Zika virus, the best way to avoid Zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites“, it said in a statement.
According to the Centers for Diease Control and Prevention, 35 cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in the continental United States, only two of which were in Appalachia.
Until now, cases of Zika-linked microcephaly have been mainly in Brazil and in Hawaii, where a woman who had traveled to Brazil recently had a baby with the birth defect.
In Brazil, Paulo Gadelha, president of the Fiocruz research institute, said scientists have found live virus in saliva and urine samples and the possibility it could be spread by the fluids requires further study.
“Finally, Zika reminds us that over and over nature is a formidable enemy”, he said.